Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF,) take care of our recycling waste and excess plastic waste all over England. Without them England would probably sink under a county-wide mountain of discarded Plastic. Many companies aren’t aware that they can be paid for the removal of their waste, so reducing their carbon footprint and giving them some income for their rubbish.
The country has recycling waste targets to meet and the ideal is to aim for 0% landfill and 100% reprocessing. It’s up to every company to make an informed choice about their waste management solution.
Plastic is light, bulky and filled with air. The MRF will bale or compress the plastic for you, some portable compactors have a compression rate of up to 10 to1, which means that you can transport up to ten times as much plastic in the same space as uncompressed, or baled, material.
When it is received into the MRF, if necessary, your recycling waste will be stripped. The plastic components may be one small part of a whole, for instance, electronic equipment such as a computer or white goods.
Your waste recycling is sorted and metal parts, labels and anything else is taken from it, leaving only the plastic product.
Bottles are often contaminated with the residue of their original product, if they contained, for instance, fizzy drink or wine, or items might be dirty. If necessary, they are industrially washed and dried. Once clean, products that are too big are sawn into required lengths where appropriate. And then they are ready for compressing or baling.
Another plastic waste management solution is turning polystyrene into briquettes. The polystyrene is heated so that it sticks together, the air is compressed from it and it is reformed into a compact briquette.
All plastic can be recycled as part of your ongoing waste management solution—and we should all be environmentally aware.